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A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHY I HATE E-SIGNATURES
by CHARLENE PERRY | 2013/02/08 |

The case at hand involves a elder seller who has relocated to her daughter's home in another state. Throughout the transaction, I have been in touch with seller, through her daugher.  There are 2 real estate agents involved, one for seller, one for buyer. Seller will not be attending closing and there will not be a POA used, she will sign in her own capacity.

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We are to close today.  Seller has delivered all documents to me signed in ink and properly notarized.  Good to go, right?  Yup, until....

At the final walk through it is discovered that the house is full of furniture, no, not a piece or two, but 3 bedrooms, 1 dining room, 1 living room and the kitchen; ALL the furniture is still in the house.  Buyer, as one might imagine, is not happy.  It happens that the buyer is an investor and is able to have the furniture removed by a hauling company, but a cost.  So, buyer asks seller, through the agents, to give a credit for furniture removal. OK, GOOD, UNTIL....

I receive from the listing agent an addendum e-signed by seller today authorizing a credit for removal of furniture;   hmm... very curious given that I had to send documents to seller's daughter, seller's daughter had to print docs and deliver to seller for live signatures.

So, I called listing agent and inquired, is the seller with her daughter, at the computer,  and did she (the seller) just e-sign this addendum.  I get the empty air response.......

What am supposed to do with this?  Well, I am not sure how you all would respond, but I for one am not going to accept this.  I have decided to postpone closing to Monday to allow for seller to actually sign the addendum.  Am I going to the extreme?  Maybe. I have no doubt that the seller agreed to this, I have no doubt that the seller is willing and able to sign this addendum, I just don't like the way in which this addendum was magically e-signed, within minutes of delivery to the "seller" when I know as an actual fact that the seller was no where near a computer today.

I am old school, I admit it proudly.   At the same time, I love technology, I embrace technology, but I also know that technology can create more problems that it cures if safeguards are not put in place and actually used. 

That's my rant for the day.  Thanks for listening  -:)




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